Hogan Falls Just Short
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — UMass Lowell graduate student Paul Hogan (Burlington) ran a terrific 5,000 meters Saturday evening at the NCAA East Regional, posting the eighth fastest time, but found himself on the outside looking in when the day at Hodges Stadium was over.
Twelve runners move on to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. Hogan clocked in with a time of 14 minutes, 06.82-seconds.
Only seven runners posted faster times, but the rules state that the top five finishers in each of the two sections advance and then the runners with the next two fastest times advance. Hogan was third on that list.
“It is what it is,” said UMass Lowell track and field head coach Gary Gardner. “He was right there, but just came up short.”
For most of the race, Hogan, who’d run the 10,000 two days earlier, was in the middle of the lead pack, but was not in good position to cover a move by the leaders and that move did come. Hogan closed well, but could not make up enough ground. Most of those in the race had not competed earlier in the week.
“He ran tough,” according to Gardner. “He took a shot, ran a great final lap, but just came up a little short.”
Hogan’s season is far from over. The runner earned a spot at the starting line for the 10,000 at the NCAA Championships on June 5.
“Clearly he’s one of the better distance runners in the country,” said Gardner, pointing to Hogan’s performance in 5,000 and 10,000 events. “He’s an exceptional runner, an exceptional athlete and had an exceptional weekend. It serves to validate what an incredible collegiate career he’s had.”
Hogan, won’t stop working out, but he will take a couple of days to recover and then begin the preparation for his 10,000-meter race at a national championship.